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My first completed rod for 2014


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#1 BGreer

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:09 PM

Here is the first completed for for 2014.

It's an 8ft 6in - 2pc/2tip. It should cast a 5 or 6wt line.

It's been too nasty to get out and try a line on it. I'll tote it to work this week and see if I can get a decent afternoon to try it in the back yard.
I built this one for an old fishing buddy of mine. He chose the silk colors, the reel seat, and grip type.

The cork is from Matt at ProofFlyFishing and Pete of Rod O Rama turned the grip for me.
The grip really turned out great. Thanks Pete!











Spring cannot come soon enough!

#2 mdraft1

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:40 PM

Nice work. What did you finish the rod with?

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#3 BGreer

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:47 PM

QUOTE (mdraft1 @ Feb 10 2014, 06:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice work. What did you finish the rod with?


I used Man O War clear gloss varnish and turpentine. Real turpentine, not any of the stuff they are passing off these days.

The varnish on the wraps was thinned about 30-40% until I got a good build up.

The varnish on the rod was thinned quite a bit on the first coat, and thinned less on the last two coats.

Here are a few more close shots that show the finish better.









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#4 jimk

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 06:49 PM

Wow - that's a work of art right there

#5 brendantm130

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:14 AM

What taper? I like the green wraps on the blonde cane.
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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:34 AM

I am a huge fan of the green on blonde. Love the picture you took showing the agate guide.



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